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Election Day 2009- Open Thread

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Here we go!


Voting on Election Day

Where do I go to vote?

Every town and city has its own places where people vote. You can call your town office or city hall to find out where you vote, or use the online Voter Information Lookup service.

Voting places open between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., depending on the size of the town. Local officials can give you the exact opening time for your community. All polling places close at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Can I have help voting?

Yes. If you need help reading or marking the ballot, you may ask a relative or friend for assistance. The helper does not have to be a voter or old enough to vote. An election official can also help you read or mark a ballot. However, your employer or union official cannot help you vote.

How do I locate and contact my municipal clerk?

You can find contact information for your town office or city hall on at

You may also contact:

Office of the Secretary of State

Division of Elections

101 State House Station

Augusta, ME 04333-0101


Registering to Vote

Who can register and vote in Maine?

To register, you must be a United States citizen, at least 17 years of age, and live in Maine.

To vote in the November 3, 2009 General Election, you must be registered in the community where you reside, and be at least 18 years of age.

Where do I go to register?

You can register to vote at your town office or city hall, through any Motor Vehicle branch office, in most state & federal social service agencies, or at voter registration drives. Completed voter registration cards may be hand delivered or mailed to your town office or city hall, or sent to the Secretary of State’s Office in Augusta.

Is there a deadline for registering?

No. It’s never too late to register to vote in Maine. You can register to vote until, and including, Election Day. There is no cut-off date for registering to vote in person at your town office or city hall.

More photos and the story of these moose, LL Bean’s latest exhibit, below the fold.

These moose were found dead in New Sweden ME, which is way up near Houlton/Canadian border. I cannot imagine the work that was required to build this exhibit- even with the photos and narrative explaining how this was done, it’s still an incredibly daunting project with beautiful results.


Charlie and I heard about this amazing bit of taxidermy artistry awhile ago and decided that the image of 2 huge Maine bull moose, locked to the death, was a very strong image.

But the photos cannot do justice to the sheer SIZE of one of these creatures, let alone both together. This is a HUGE display!


There was also this sign that Charlie saw and I missed:

If you compare the 2 sides of today’s equality battle to this, the sign makes alot of sense!

Ever since the “Maine Won’t Discriminate” law was passed in November 2005, there has been pushes to repeal it that failed to garner support. And frankly, SFMM has been, in many of their ads run during their campaign, shown that what they are fighting is not marriage per se, but acceptance of LGBTQ in our Maine communities.


Attacking schools was especially nasty- what kind of message are they sending LGBTQ kids?

Yet they went there, time and again, desperate to find a way, ANY WAY, to win.

So- now here we are- Election Day. And hopefully in a matter of hours, we will know who won and not be deadlocked like these 2 moose!

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